Green & Healthy Schools Academy & NWPA 2030 District Coordinator
Ellen provides technical assistance to K-12 schools, ranging from project support to individual facility consultations. She aids in benchmarking school energy and water consumption, in addition to supporting Green & Healthy schools programming through research and writing. Ellen also coordinates event logistics for a variety of school workshops and trainings.
Originally from Denver, CO, Ellen arrived in Pittsburgh after graduating from Goshen College in Indiana with a degree in Environmental Science. Through the Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience (PULSE) she began working at the Environmental Charter School (ECS) as a sustainability fellow. During her time there, Ellen was involved in the design process for ECS’s new school building and performed energy and water benchmarks on their existing facilities. After a brief stint at Conservation Consultants Inc., she joined GBA’s Green and Healthy Schools team. In addition to her work at GBA, Ellen is actively involved with The Climate Reality Project and the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Citizen’s Climate Lobby. She also organizes Green Drinks Pittsburgh, a monthly meetup of ‘environmentally-focused’ professionals, volunteers, and enthusiasts, through the Citizen’s Climate Lobby. When she isn’t organizing or educating Pittsburgh’s youth about sustainability, Ellen loves to be outdoors hiking, singing Karaoke, or baking her killer gluten-free vegan banana bread!
Ellen has a Bachelors of Science degree in Environmental Science from Goshen College and has earned WELL AP certification.